Urban vs. Rural Differences in Prescription Opioid Misuse among Adults in the United States

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Urban vs. Rural Differences in Prescription Opioid Misuse among Adults in the United States

New Connections network member, Khary K. Rigg, PhD, and grantee Shannon M. Monnat, PhD, collaborated on a study addressing the misuse of prescription opioids and its contributing factors by geographic classification. The researchers found that urban adults are at a higher risk of prescription opioid misuse (POM) in comparison to their rural adult counterparts. The higher rate of POM among adults in urban communities may be attributed to the greater likelihood of consuming other alcohol and other illicit drugs during adolescence. Thus, the authors recommend targeting preventive efforts and interventions for illicit drug users, particularly youth under the age of 18.

http://www.ijdp.org/article/S0955-3959(14)00282-5/fulltext.

SUMMARY

  • Urban adults are at a higher risk of prescription opioid misuse (POM) in comparison to their rural adult counterparts.

    Higher rate of POM among adults in urban communities may be attributed to the greater likelihood of consuming other alcohol and other illicit drugs during adolescence.

    Authors recommend targeting preventive efforts and interventions for illicit drug users, particularly youth under the age of 18.

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